Amanda is an Arizona native, a passionate theatre artist, a recovering perfectionist, an unlikely gardener, and an enthusiastic blogger. She loves being a wife to her fellow Shakespeare nerd, Dan, and mom to three amazing children. You can read more of her writing at: where she explores new goals and reflections one letter at a time.​ She loves laughter, music, avocado, reading, coffee, hiking, and much more. She's thankful for a husband who can cook, family and friends who feel like they are family, yoga, the oxford comma, and, above all, grace. You can also find her on instagram: @alphabetresolutions

Library Like a Boss: Our Best Tips and Tricks

Summer is here which means the older kids are home from school and the younger kids (and their parents!) are soon going to find the park a bit hotter than anyone would like. What...

Mural Hunting in Phoenix: Let’s Get Colorful!

One of the lovely things about living in Phoenix is how much street art and murals we have! If you want to go mural hunting in Phoenix and have a great background for some...

Phoenix Non-Profits: We Love Giving Back

April is National Volunteer Month so we are featuring some of our favorite Phoenix Non-Profits to help you start a tradition of volunteering and giving back! Volunteering can be such a great activity to...

Spring Bucket List for Phoenix Families

It's the best time of year to be a Phoenician. The weather is amazing and there is so much to do around the valley! We have some great ideas to add to your spring...

Best Restaurants in Phoenix: Your Local Dining Guide

Whether you are looking for your next date night or a sweet spot for your next family celebration, we are so glad that Phoenix has so many amazing places to eat that are local...

Holiday Entertainment in Phoenix- Your Guide for 2023

Whether you are looking to start a new family tradition or gift an experience to someone special this holiday season, we're here with your guide to some of Phoenix's amazing entertainment options this holiday...

Marathon Mama: How Motherhood Prepared me to Run 26.2 Miles

Somehow it has been a year since I did what once seemed one of the most impossible items on my Bucket List... I ran the New York City Marathon and became a Marathon Mama....

Book the Boudoir Session Mama! My experience as a Mom of 3 with Arcadia...

When I first thought about booking a photoshoot with Arcadia Boudoir (part of Arcadia Portrait Works) I texted two of my closest friends to share some of my feelings about how the idea made...
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Donut Shops in Phoenix:The Best in Town!

I don't know about you, but sometimes in the chaos between school schedules and extra curricular activities, I just need a little something to treat myself, or make a morning extra special for my...

Movie Theaters around Phoenix- Top 5 Unique Picks

Let's go to the movies! With the incredible "Barbenheimer weekend" (the box office flurry of people going to see the Barbie Movie, Oppenheimer, or both) that happened this summer, it is clear that movie...
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Best Indoor Play Areas in Phoenix – 2023 Edition

Last month I wrote about 5 fun summer activities to do with your kids in Phoenix, and this month I wanted to expand on that by sharing the best indoor play areas around the...
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5 Fun Summer Activities to do with your Kids in Phoenix

The changes in routines that come with summertime can throw anyone for a loop, but we're here to help with some fun summer activities to do with your kids in Phoenix! Let's bring back...
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Ice Cream in Phoenix: The Ultimate Guide

The dog days of summer are upon us. The triple digit weather seems to be a constant companion and the only cure I've found is giving in to the craving for my favorite desert-...

Phoenix Tea Shop Guide: Spilling the Tea on Valley Favorites

Whether you're looking for a special date with your kid, or a fancy time out with some friends, a Phoenix tea shop of one kind or another can really hit the spot. Today, we're...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Phoenix!

Find yourself some green and check out some of our favorite ideas to celebrate St. Patrick's day! Whether you want to celebrate at home or bring the whole family out on an adventure, here are...
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Lessons from Our Garden: 5 Things My Kids Learned in our Backyard

It's February! Which in the rest of the country means it's still the middle of winter, but here in Phoenix it means we are practically in spring time and it is a great time...
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Literacy and Laughter: Picture Books That Give us the Giggles

It is no secret that in my family we LOVE the library and we absolutely adore family story time. Some of our favorite stories are where literacy and laughter come together. That's why I...

Top 10 Spring Break Activities

It may feel like the year just started, but blink and Spring Break will be here! Here are our Top 10 Spring Break Activities for Phoenix families. 1. Take a Hike: You can't have a...
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Pizza in Phoenix: Local Slices You Have to Try

It's always the right time for pizza, and here in Phoenix we are so lucky to have a variety of incredible pizza offerings you will want to try! Here are a few pizza parlors...
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Date Night In: Holiday Edition Part III

Is there anything that beats a classic movie date? While hubby and I have several holiday family favorites we watch this time of year, there are a few we save for just us. The...
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Holiday Performances around Phoenix You Don’t Want to Miss!

It's the most artsy time of the year! Whether you are looking to start a family tradition of seeing a holiday show, or hoping to give the gift of an experience to someone you...

3 Family Day Trips Around Phoenix

Are you looking for a little family escape from Phoenix over a weekend but don't want to go too far? Or maybe you want a special day trip to be the highlight of school...
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Phoenix Patio and Rooftop Dining Guide

You've made it through the grueling days of summer, and now you are ready to enjoy some amazing rooftop or patio dining as we head toward all those months where we remember why we...
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10 Must Try Mexican Restaurants in Phoenix

We are so lucky that Phoenix has such an abundance of amazing Mexican restuarants to enjoy. It would be impossible to pick just one favorite, so here are ten must-try Phoenix Mexican restaurants and...
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Family Friendly Outdoor Things To Do in Phoenix

I don't know about you, but my family and I are desperate to enjoy outdoor activities anytime the weather doesn't feel like it is immediately melting us, so we've rounded up a list of...
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